Luis L. Martins is the Chair of the Management Department, the Director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal, and the Juanita Dreibelbis Fellow in Business at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining UT, he was on the faculty of the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the School of Business at the University of Connecticut. He earned his PhD in Management and Organizational Behavior from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Emanuel Ibarra is the Program Manager for the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at The University of Texas at Austin where he manages the full spectrum of the centers programs and outreach to further the Center’s role as a platform for collaboration, knowledge and venture creation, and dissemination in the areas of entrepreneurship, growth and renewal. Prior to the Herb Kelleher Center, Emanuel served as the Director of Global Technology and Innovation at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. As a part of the Global Technology and Innovation team, he was tasked with assisting in the company formation and growth of business located in the Austin region from start-up through IPO and increasing the region’s access to private equity and venture capital. Emanuel has a BBA in International Business and Interactive Games Management from Saint Edward’s University, and is currently an MBA candidate at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
Ashley Jennings serves as Program Manager for the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth and Renewal.
Through her work the tech startup ecosystem, she's been deemed a top "connector of people and organizations in Austin," focused on driving real change around systematic problems for women in the workforce and gender inequality. Prior to joining the McCombs team, Ashley helped co-found and served as Chief Marketing Officer for DivInc, a non-profit accelerator for women and ethnically diverse tech founders, aimed at increasing diversity in the tech industry.
She is also the Co-Owner and Executive Producer of Spero Labs, LLC, a creative production agency championing great content for clients of all sizes, from local startups to fortune 500 giants. As a thought leader, Ashley produces and speaks at conferences, events and summits throughout Texas, including SXSW.
Before moving back to Texas from New York, she helped launch Al Jazeera Media Network’s American channel, Al Jazeera America, and was part of the ABC News field team who traveled the country covering breaking news, weather and politics. Her time with ABC News earned her five Emmy nominations along with a Peabody Award and two Edward R. Murrow Awards.
She’s skilled in media consulting and strategy, marketing communications, fundraising, sales, event management, strategic partnerships and corporate relations.
Her greatest joy is mentoring students and being back on the Forty Acres, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations.
Nicole D. Barnes
After graduating from the University of Texas in 2011 with a BS in Advertising, Nicole worked as a marketing manager at a local technology company. Across multiple organizations, Nicole has been responsible for growing social media brand presence and engagement, executing impactful events, and driving market development, sales enablement, and channel growth. Nicole has served as marketing manager at Crossroads Systems, field marketer with Kaplan Test Prep, and marketing assistant at Invodo. Recently, Nicole returned school at UT to pursue Nutrition and Dietetics. She's thrilled to continue to hone marketing and business skills at the Herb Kelleher Center while helping empower other students to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
Charlie Cox is in his second year of the full-time MBA program at the McCombs School of Business. He is passionate about cleantech and entrepreneurship and intends to pursue those passions by working for an early stage startup operating in the nascent energy storage industry following graduation. Prior to business school, Charlie cofounded a renewable energy project development company based out of Cape Town, South Africa.
Blake is in his first year of the full-time MBA program at the McCombs School of Business. In addition to working at the Herb Kelleher Center, he is also the president of the McCombs Entrepreneurship Society. Prior to business school, Blake spent eight years as an Aviation Officer in the United States Army. After graduation, he is hoping to work for a local startup in Austin.